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The left and Brexit: a debate

Submitted by martin on 8 July, 2018 - 3:04
young demonstrators

Join us on Friday 20 July for a debate between Michael Chessum of Another Europe is Possible and Grace Blakeley of the London Young Labour committee.

This meeting is organised by left wing activists in South London, working with Another Europe is Possible. It follows the main London event of The Left Against Brexit, which will take place on 11 July. For full details on the nationwide tour see

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Building the ‘Left Against Brexit’
Left Against Brexit
SJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 13:02

The Left Against Brexit is an initiative that seeks to take back what should be the common-sense left wing position on Brexit, and stand out from the more centrist establishment anti-Brexit campaigns.

David Miliband may believe speaking out with Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg from a rice factory will do the trick. We don’t.

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The four Bastanis and the EU
Bastani debating the EU
SJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 12:59

The commentator Aaron Bastani, who has gained some profile on the Labour left from his Novara Media platform, will debate us on Brexit at our summer school, Ideas for Freedom, on 23-24 June.

In late May he responded to an article in the Observer by political editor Toby Helm, reporting pressure from Labour members for a real debate on Brexit at Labour conference 2018, by accusing Helm (a routine journalist who used to work for the Daily Telegraph) of publishing an “AWL press release”.

We challenged Bastani to debate Brexit.

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EU left refuses to condemn Russian abuse
Oleg Sentsov
SJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 11:52

On 14 June the left bloc in the European Parliament voted against a motion demanding Russia release Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 70 other Ukrainian political prisoners.

It was official policy of the left bloc, GEU/NGL, to vote against the motion. Only six members of the 52-strong faction rebelled: five by voting for, and one by abstaining. The GUE/NGL has not issued a statement explaining its opposition to the motion.

485 MEPs voted for the motion. 76 voted against. And 66 abstained.

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Brexit document passed at AWL Conference 2017SJWTue, 29/05/2018 - 10:53

In the context of a surge in the fortunes of right-wing and nationalist political parties and movements worldwide, including in France and Germany, the European Union’s ‘twin engine’, it is more important than ever that we promote the internationalist perspectives of the Marxist movement, and assert that the workers have no country.

In the UK, the seeming demise of UKIP masks the fact that the Conservative Party has embraced much of their core values and political agenda.

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Why Greece’s “left government” failed
SJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 12:32

The Syriza election was a reflection of the hard, militant class struggle by the working class and neighbourhood community movements against the attacks of the “Black Block” Memorandum governments of the years 2010 to 2012.

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Petition: The Left Against Brexit
Stop Brexit
martinTue, 20/03/2018 - 09:15

Petition: The Left Against Brexit

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Open borders for people!

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 11:13
UK border controls

Editorial from Solidarity 463

The Labour Party has inched a step further to opposing the erection of new barriers between Britain and Europe.

That brings the immediate prize of a possibility, within the next few weeks, of defeating the Government in Parliament over its desire to take Britain out of the European customs union.

It should also open a thorough discussion in Labour over Europe, leading to a debate at the Labour Party conference in September.

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Defend migrants, defend free movement, fight for socialism!MatthewWed, 14/02/2018 - 14:14

Look around the world. Look at EU migrants who have made the UK their home now wondering how long they can stay and on what terms, all under the threat of Brexit. If they want to stay, they will have to apply for “settled status”. 1.2 million UK citizens living in other EU member states face similar anxieties.

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Why we need to stop Brexit
Stop Brexit
MatthewWed, 10/01/2018 - 11:08

The resignation of the Blairite Lord Adonis from his position as adviser to the Tory government has shown the issue of Brexit, and whether or not to try and stop it, is not over in the Labour Party.

A new survey has suggested that allegedly 78% of Labour members want Brexit to be stopped or at least want a second referendum.

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